Category: Live in Christ

The Pope Francis Effect: Why I'm Having a Tough Time
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The Pope Francis Effect: Why I’m Having a Tough Time

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I have a confession. I’m having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I’m a B16 fan girl and I’m still getting over Pape Bene’s understandable departure. It’s like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can’t help but compare all your other friends […]

Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part I)
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Pope Francis: Ongoing Fallout (Part I)

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The blows continue raining down on Francis over his interview with an atheist, and with an intense scorn that is simply breathtaking. This may take a few posts to cover in its entirety, but here goes… In my last article I defended Francis: He. Is. Peter. This pope has barely begun to cast his net and […]

Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change
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Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change

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“That’s not what he really meant to say…” These are increasingly common words spoken on behalf of Pope Francis. Increasingly, Catholic bloggers are having to compile montages of quotes to show the strain of orthodox continuity in the Pope’s interviews. For many traditionalists, it is the frightful spectre of a Jesuit pope ascending the throne […]

The Kingdom of God is at Hand
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The Kingdom of God is at Hand

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There is a well-known, extremely important, and sacredly joyous phrase from the tenth chapter of The Holy Gospel According to St. Luke, which is to be read at liturgy today. After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself […]

7 Secrets of Confession
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7 Secrets of Confession

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Fear not. The title, 7 Secrets of Confession, is designed to grab attention not break the seal. In fact, Vinny Flynn has penned his own “books of numbers” as author of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist and 21 Ways to Worship. This latest book serves as a helpful guide to Confession for those who have […]

Who Do We Trust In?
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Who Do We Trust In?

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Like Mount Zion are they who trust in the LORD, unshakable, forever. — Psalm 125 Do you ever think about how much we trust every single day? For instance, every time you turn on your car and pull out of the driveway, you are trusting the people who assembled that car and the mechanic who […]

Book Review: <i>My Sister, St. Therese</i>
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Book Review: My Sister, St. Therese

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My mother always considered St. Therese to be one of my patron saints and so I have always had a great devotion to her. From my earliest years, I knew the story of her life and at age nine I first read her Story of a Soul. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, I wanted […]

The Unsettling Witness of Pope Francis
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The Unsettling Witness of Pope Francis

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For a pontiff who is so big on emphasizing mercy, Pope Francis knows how to make me squirm. His witness for Christ turns the tables on my tendency to make my faith all about me. With a steady stream of up-ending spiritual remarks, the Holy Father has a way of capsizing my comfort zone. His […]

Miracles Happen!
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Miracles Happen!

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As I continually read, watch, and listen to the multitudinous stories of the atrocities committed against Christians around the world these days, I have repeatedly found myself meditating deeply and frequently about Christian identity, Christian unity, persecution, and martyrdom.  In the midst of such a reflection, I also find that I am asking God if […]

Attack the Ball!
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Attack the Ball!

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Many have noted that sports can teach young people valuable lessons which are transferrable to life: submission to authority, working as a team, practice and hard work to achieve goals, etc. I was never a star athlete, but I did play on some teams in high school and have done my share of coaching. Whether […]

The Importance of Having Children at Mass
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The Importance of Having Children at Mass

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One Sunday a while back, a family of five filled a pew at church near where I was sitting during Mass. That family grabbed my attention. The pew was much larger than needed to accommodate a regular group of five. But this family, in addition to the two parents, included three young children. Three energetic, […]

The Conversation We Need to Have About Charity
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The Conversation We Need to Have About Charity

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“The true protagonist of history is the beggar: Christ who begs for man’s heart, and man’s heart that begs for Christ.” – Fr. Luigi Giussani, founder of Communion & Liberation. On Catholic Lane we are running two articles on the topic of charity with the aim of provoking the kind of conversation about this very important […]

On Charity
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On Charity

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Summer is over and fall is here. One of the rites of fall: the county fair. I’ve always been ambivalent about the fair. I enjoy it, but I’m always struck by (i) how expensive it is, and (ii) how many people who apparently can’t afford basic things (like shampoo and dental care) are out there. […]

What Happens When Faith Finds Us?
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What Happens When Faith Finds Us?

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Throughout this Year of Faith we have been looking primarily at what individuals and communities can do to spark a more sincere approach to the faith.  We have written and talked a lot about helping ourselves and others commit to regular church attendance, catechetical growth, and finding ways to serve others in such a way […]

Ten Suggestions for Being Contemplative in a Busy World
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Ten Suggestions for Being Contemplative in a Busy World

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I sat in my kitchen on the morning of Labor Day, watching and listening to the activity around me. My husband and I, along with our three youngest children, had arrived home on the previous evening from a three-week vacation in Newfoundland and this was the first time that the family (nine of the ten […]

The Cross Focuses the Human Condition
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The Cross Focuses the Human Condition

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The lesson of Dostoyevsky’s works can be summed up like this: It is the Cross that focuses the human condition in all its bitterness and all its horror, and it is the Resurrection that proclaims the final response of God; His promise of freedom from sin, the overcoming of death, and abundant life at last. […]

Christian Love Soars to the Heights of Mountain Peaks and the Realm of Angels
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Christian Love Soars to the Heights of Mountain Peaks and the Realm of Angels

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If you go into western Canada’s Jasper National Park, you may see the beautiful and majestic Mount Edith Cavell.  The mountain’s namesake was the daughter of an Anglican vicar. Edith Cavell (1865-1915) was a British nurse and patriot during the 1st World War. Although she tended wounded soldiers on both sides at the Berkendael Medical […]

The Miraculous Medal: Author Interview with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
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The Miraculous Medal: Author Interview with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

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Today I’m very happy to share my recent interview with my friend and mentor Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. We congratulate Donna-Marie on the release of her newest book, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers and Devotions. Enjoy! Q: Please briefly introduce yourself and your family to our readers. Hello, Lisa. Thank you very much for your interest […]

Schedule for Papal Prayer Vigil
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Schedule for Papal Prayer Vigil

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Here is the schedule for the papal prayer vigil [as of Friday evening]. 5:45 pm (Rome time) — About 50 priests will begin hearing confession in designated areas under the Bernini colonnades. Pope Francis has asked that the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) be made available throughout the evening because “true peace springs from a heart that […]

Adult Children and Faith
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Adult Children and Faith

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A while back, I asked someone for  ideas for this column. “Why don’t you write about raising kids?” came the reply. Hmm. That would assume I would know what I’m talking about, wouldn’t it? Frankly, I’m not sure that I am an expert on the subject, even though all four of my children now qualify […]

What are You Giving Your Mother Mary for her Birthday?
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What are You Giving Your Mother Mary for her Birthday?

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What are you giving your Mom for her birthday? That question can make people cringe, either because they have no idea what to give her, or their relationship with their Moms is strained, or because they simply forgot about it altogether. Well, I’m here to solve all that. First, I’ll remind you of your Mom’s […]

Why Francis Proclaimed a Fast
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Why Francis Proclaimed a Fast

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This Saturday Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace, especially for the rapidly escalating (or deteriorating) situation in Syria.  Since these days are so seldom proclaimed, they present us a great opportunity to examine fasting in greater detail.  In todays age where fasting and penance are almost non-existent (sadly enough […]

Lament and Wait Quietly for the Lord
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Lament and Wait Quietly for the Lord

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Far too frequently we look around our lives and find so much going so wrong.   Sometimes we know what we can do about our problems, and sometimes we don’t.  But that’s where faith comes in.  Here’s what I mean: The sixth century before Christ was a time of tremendous pain for the Israelites.  The Temple […]

How To Be A Crazy (for Christ) Catholic
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How To Be A Crazy (for Christ) Catholic

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Do you make the Sign of the Cross and bow your head in prayer before eating at a restaurant? On Ash Wednesday, do you walk into work after lunch with an ashy smudge on your forehead? When asked by your colleagues what you did on the weekend, do you say you went to Mass? Do […]

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